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Elizia Brittian

on 24 April 2013

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A Change Is Gonna Come By: Elizia Brittian
Bayyinah Sullivan
& Phillip Simmons Why we chose this song... Why We like this song... Unique Musical Elements... The End!!!! Sam Cooke's Background! We wanted a song that would introduce our classmates to something different, something many of them have never heard! We wanted to teach them about an era that many of them know little to none about African American music. His message represented a time period that many people born after that era know very little about. He speaks of a time in American history where racism, classism, and sexism was trying to be eradicated from their lives. The soulful violin entrance automatically grabs your attention and holds it until his voice comes in. The horns in the background add emphasis to his most influential lyrics further set the mood of the song. The musical instrumentation is almost powerful enough to bring you tears, combined with the lyrics it can be utterly heart wrenching which is exactly what he wants. It appears that the horns used a sound altering devices to give them a more pronounced voice in the piece, and the soft percussion gently moving the beat along in the background makes your head sway despite the heart breaking message of the song. He was born January 22, 1931 as Sam Cook and later added the E onto Cooke to use as his stage name. He wrote many genres of music including Gospel, Pop, and R&B. He is even considered to be one of the founders of American Soul music. His musical influence lead to the rise of many other great musician such as Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, and even Stevie Wonder. He had 30 U.S. to 40 hits between the years of 1957 and 1964, his music continued to reach such success even after he passed in 1964. Sam Cooke was mortally wounded by a shot to the torso on Dec. 11 1964, by the manager of the hotel he was staying in at 33. Rumors of attack and rape circulated round his death though the rape charges have been debunked and even the supposed attack of Bertha Franklin has caused many to speculate the true facts surrounding his death. Thank you for listening! We hope you enjoyed!
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